EFPC 2012 Conference | Crossing borders in Primary Care


Foreword from EFPC

Welcome to the 4th biannual EFPC-conference in Gothenburg: “Crossing borders in Primary Care”

In the tradition of EFPC-conferences, we welcome you for an active and participative conference, where we invite you to cross your own borders, inspired by the challenging context of the Museum of World Culture, mirroring the world’s diversity and dynamics. The different background of the participants guarantees an exchange of new perspectives on chronic care, inter-professional education, intersectoral collaboration, research, integration of primary care and public health, primary care in times of economic crises, patient rights in primary care,…

We welcome the exploration of the realities in other continents, with the key-note by prof Reid from Africa, and will look for the European legacy of prof Barbara Starfield, who gave one of her last conference-presentations at the EFPC-conference in Pisa in 2010.

We hope that your interactive reflections will contribute to health care and health systems based on relevance, equity, quality, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, person- and people-centeredness and innovation.

Conference: 3-4 September 2012

Museum of World Culture – Gothenburg (Sweden)


Key-note Speakers

Dr. Eva Nilsson-Bågenholm MD, National Coordinator for Elderly Care, Swedish government

In January of 2011 Mrs Nilsson Bågenholm, the former Chair of the Swedish Medical Association, was appointed Sweden’s first National Coordinator for Elderly Care, a position that was created in order to prioritize and coordinate the care of elderly.

Mrs Nilsson Bågenholm, a practicing Medical Doctor (MD) right up until the end of 2010, has very fresh and firsthand experience of dealing with the care of elderly and has set out with the goal of getting home health services, geriatric care, local clinics and the healthcare system to work better together in relation to the elderly.

In her capacity as National Coordinator for Elderly Care, Mrs Nilsson Bågenholm is playing a key role in shaping the future of the care and welfare of elderly in Sweden

Mr. Anders Olauson – President European Patients’ Forum

Anders Olauson was involved in the founding of the Agrenska Centre in 1989. He served as director until 2004 and since then has been chairman and chief executive officer. He is responsible for establishing The Agrenska Virtual International Academy, a research centre for rare disorders.

Anders is a past member of the board of Eurordis, and was president from 1999 to 2001. He currently represents it as a member of the board of the European Patients’ Forum (EPF). He has been president of EPF since June 2005. Anders represents EPF in steering committees, which has been established by DG Sanco and DG Infso.  Agrenska was in 2005 appointed member of ECOSOC within United Nations, with “special consultative status”. Since 2006 Anders is a member of the advisory group for Health Research within DG Research. In 2005 Anders was accepted as a researcher within the PhD program at Gothenburg University. The Swedish Government appointed Anders September 15th2008, to be a member of the Advisory Council at The National Board of Health and Welfare. Anders Olauson received HM The King of Sweden’s Medal for his valuable contributions in the field of disability. Anders was presented with the King’s medal 8th size, with the Seraphim Ribbon at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, the 28th of January 2010.

Ms. Rita Baeten – Senior Policy Analyst OSE, European Social Observatory

Rita Baeten, Master of Social Sciences, is a senior policy analyst at the OSE. Her research activities focus on the impact of European integration on national healthcare systems and on their social character.
Her research topics include themes such as patient mobility in the EU, healthcare services in the internal market, EU pharmaceutical policies and EU-level co-operation in the field of healthcare.
She is the work leader for the OSE contribution to EU research projects such as ECAB (2010-2013) and “Europe for patients” (2004-2007). Both projects address cross-border care and are financed by the European Commission under its Framework Programmes for Research.
Rita Baeten advises the Belgian federal authorities on EU policy developments with a potential impact on healthcare in Belgium. She also coordinated the scientific preparation and follow-up of several international and ministerial conferences on these topics.

Dr. Rafael Bengoa – Regional Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs, Basque Government

Dr. R. Bengoa’s career has been both national and international. He has practiced as a doctor in Spain for 5 years in both hospitals and primary care. Dr. Bengoa has MSc in Community Medicine from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and and MSc in Health Care Management from the UK as well.

After holding several responsibilities in health care in Spain, where he was Director General for Health Care in the Basque County, Dr. Bengoa joined the World Health Organization – Headquarter in Geneva as a Director of Management of Chronic Conditions and Director for Health System Policies until 2006.

Until 2009 he was professor in ESADE Business School in Spain, visiting professor in Leadership and Management in Health in University of Geneva and a Consultant in Health Care Organization and Management. His main interest are the quality and management of chronic conditions and integrated care. Since 2009 he is Regional Minister for Health in the Basque Country, Spain.

Prof. Steve Reid – PHC Directorate Faculty of Health Sciences University of Cape Town, South Africa

Steve Reid is a Family Physician with extensive experience in clinical practice, education and research in the field of rural health in South Africa. As a conscientious objector to military service in the 1980’s at Bethesda Hospital in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal, he was involved in community initiatives in health in the Bethesda health ward, and completed his Masters thesis in Family Medicine on the topic “The Community Involvement of Rural Clinic Nurses”. Moving back to Durban after almost 10 years, he established a Vocational Training Programme for rural doctors at McCord Hospital. He then took up the position of director of a research unit called the Centre for Health and Social Studies (CHESS) at the University of Natal, and with his team, pursued a number of training and operational research projects in rural districts around KwaZulu-Natal, focused on the strengthening of the district health system.

In January 2010 he took up the post of Glaxo-Wellcome Chair of Primary Health Care at the University of Cape Town. As custodians of the faculty’s lead theme of PHC, the unit is involved in teaching and research around this theme. He is extending this role to support UCT medical and health science graduates to become more relevant and appropriately skilled in Africa. In August 2011 he gave his inaugural address at UCT with the title: “The Music of Health for All”.

Dr. Toni Dedeu – International officer at Ministry of Health Catalonia

Dr. Toni Dedeu (Mr) graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona. He specialised in Family Medicine and Urology in Spain and UK.  MSc in Health Economics from University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain);   MSc in Primary Health Care from  the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and;  MSc in Healthcare Management from the University of Manchester, UK. He has more than 15 years’ experience in management in the health sector. He worked extensively on the design and implementation of primary healthcare reform in Catalonia. In the last twelve years he has also been participating in the implementation of primary care and health technology agencies in various countries in the former Soviet Union, such as Russia, Ukraine, and the Central Asian countries, and in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh as well. He is a member of the executive board of EUREGHA (European Association for Regional and Local Health Authorities) and chairs the eHealth group. He is a member of EQuiP (Group for Quality and Patient Safety of Wonca Europe). Dr. Dedeu is a visiting lecturer in many universities in Europe and participates in various European Commission research projects as principal investigator in primary care and his main research interests are integrated care, chronic care, community care, public health and eHealth.

Currently, Dr. Dedeu is the International Officer of the Ministry of Health of Catalonia (Spain), and responsible for the international affairs for the regional Ministry of Health of Catalonia.


Scientific Committee

Dr. Daniel Pollack
Prof. Sabina Nuti
Ms. Chiara Seghieri
Dr. Antoni Peris
Prof. Peter Groenewegen
Prof. Jan De Maeseneer
Prof. Cecilia Björkelund
Mr. Diederik Aarendonk

Organising Commitee

Dr. Robert Sinclair
Ms. Yvonne Bäfverfeldt
Ms. Ellen Bergbom
Mr. Diederik Aarendonk
Ms. Anouk Faassen
Ms. Ramona Backhaus